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Boreal/The Battle Of VOSAD/Nebulae Artifacta/2020 Re-Recorded Album Review

vendredi 27 mars 2020 à 07:51

  Boreal  are  a  band  from  Olympia,  Washington  that  plays  an  ambient  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  re-recording  of  an  album  they  originally  released  in  2006  called  "The  battle  Of  VOSAD"  with  the  newer  version  being  released  in  May  of  2020  by  Nebulae  Artifacta.

  Epic  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  and  also  mix  in  with  the  heavier  sections  of  the  music  at  times  while  also  mixing  in  elements  of  dark  ambient.  Most  of  the  drum  beats  are  programmed  while  the  music  also  adds  in  touches  of  dungeon  synth  at  times  and  the  vocals  are  mostly  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  which  are  mixes  down  low  in  the  mix.

  all  of  the  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length  while  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  music  more  of  a  raw  feeling  as  well  as  some  melodic  guitar  leads  also  being  utilized  at  times,  classical  guitars  percussion  can  also  be  heard  briefly  on  a  couple  of  the  tracks  and  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  album  also  closes  with  an  instrumental.

  Boreal  plays  a  style  of  ambient  black  metal  that  is  very  epic  and  atmospheric  sounding  along  with  some  touches of  dungeon  synth.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics cover  darkness,  nature  and  battle  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Boreal  are  a  very  great  sounding  ambient  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Battle"  and  "Dawn".  8  out  of  10.

https://nebulaeartifacta.bandcamp.com/album/na-2004-the-battle-of-vosad

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/borealthe-battle-of-vosadnebulae.html


Linwe Interview

jeudi 26 mars 2020 à 19:27
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

Linwe is a side project for me, I would be most known for my band Armorer, as well as the vocalist for Danish and Polish collaborations I Myrkri and Erebos, respectively. Linwe is one of a handful of small individual releases I have made over the past year or so, I'm not sure if I will have more music for Linwe in the future - but we shall see.

2.In November you released an ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?

This was actually written in the style of Armorer, but with much more pronounced vocals as well as the use of bass guitar. At the time of writing I was in the middle of recording vocals for the first I Myrkri album and got sidetracked for a week or so in which I wrote and recorded this demo. I'm still working on an Armorer release I've had for over a year now so I didn't want to come out with something that sounds newer, so I decided to release it on it's own.

3.You are also involved with a few other musical projects, what do you bring into the music of 'Linwe' that you are not able to do with your other projects?

This was more of a detour musically for me, I really wanted to focus on the production value rather than make something that sounds completely different to Armorer, but I think the songs are good because the writing process happened organically which is something I try to tune in to, I go through phases where I don't write for 3 months because I don't feel it. In this case, everything worked out for the short sample of songs that I was able to write.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explored on the demo?

These lyrics are from some ancient Armorer songs; ones I wrote in a time of pain and recovery. I had wanted to revisit them at some point and this music felt right to do that with.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Linwe'?

It's a name from a fantasy series, I'm not sure which but it's something like that. I collect names I think would fit well with music, this just happened to pop up into my head while writing so it stuck.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the demo cover?

I live in the Appalachian mountains in west North Carolina, there a lot of really old and powerful places in nature to be found if one is willing to look for them. In this case I had seen this river bank on some private property where I took the photo, parked my car and made my way down from the side of the road and walked for about half a mile - all of this high as fuck mind you - and took about 30 pictures before I decided it was time to get out of there. It's the best I can do to capture some of the lustrous landscapes I've been to in the mountains here.

7.With the exception of one musical project you record all the music by yourself in your other groups, do you prefer working solo to working with other musicians?

I've lived basically alone in the middle of nowhere for about 5 years now, and that's about when I started getting back into writing music. I'm happy when the urge to write strikes me, but it definitely waxes and wanes - the life of a low energy mood based creative.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

I'm not particularly looking for a label, I am quite happy doing my own thing and not doing much promotion. I'm always greatful when people find my stuff and enjoy it, part of the reason all my bandcamp releases can be downloaded for free.

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal?

A warm thanks to the people who have found my music and enjoyed it over the years. As for this demo, For this demo I think the positive response was more than I expected for sure.

10.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future?

I'm going to be starting work on a new Erebos album in the coming months, also there will be a new EP from Armorer coming very soon.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

I could have a very long answer to the first part of this question, but my favorite band is Summoning. I listen to a lot of shit though man, I guess recently I've been jamming Weedeater, Ancient Boreal Forest, and Profetus to name a few.


12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Thanks for having me for this interview, check out Linwe on bandcamp, and follow Armorer on Facebook to keep up with my musical doings. Cheers boys.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/linwe-interview.html


Thurthul/Fury Of Ancient Race/Dark Omens Productions/2020 CD Review

jeudi 26 mars 2020 à 08:35

  Thurthul  is  a  solo  project  from  Poland  that  plays  a  very  raw  an  atmospheric  form  of  pagan  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2020  album  "Fury  Of  Ancient  Race"  which  was  released  by  Dark  Omens  Productions.

  Raw  and  fast  tremolo  picking  starts  off  the  album  along  with  some  blast  beats  a  few  seconds  later.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  is  also  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's  era  along  with  a  couple  of  tracks  being  long  and  epic  in  length  and  the  music  also  has  its  atmospheric  moments.

  When  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark,  raw  and  melodic  style  while  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts.  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  the  music  sounds  like  it  could  of  easily  been  recorded and  released  more  than  20 years  ago  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  riffs  also  start  adding  in  a  small  amount  of  melody,  one  track  also  introduces  spoken  word  parts  onto  the  recording.

  Thurtful  plays  a  style  of  pagan  black  metal  that  is  very  raw,  evil,  and  atmospheric  in  the  90's  Polish  tradition.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  raw  while  the  lyrics  cover  Paganism,  Nature,  Hatred,  Ancient  Times  and  Heroism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Thurthul  is  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  atmospheric  pagan  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Honor  And  Pride"  "Fury  Of  Ancient  Race"  and  "Against  The  Modern  World".  8  out  of  10.

https://thurthul.bandcamp.com/album/fury-of-ancient-race

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/thurthulfury-of-ancient-racedark-omens.html


Manes/Young Skeleton/Aftermath Music/2020 Single Review

jeudi 26 mars 2020 à 07:24

  Manes  are  a  band  from  Norway  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  the  zine  and  over  the  years  have  moved  away  from  the  black  metal  style  of  earlier  releases  and  has  gone  for  more  of  a  mixture  of  experimental,  electronic, alternative  rock,  gothic  and  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  single  "Young  Skeleton"  which  will  be  released  in  April  by  Aftermath  Music.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  single  along  with  a  very  powerful  sounding  bass  guitar  a  few  seconds  later.  Slide guitars  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  done  in  a  clean  style  along  with  the  music  also  having  its  experimental  moments  and  the  riffs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  melody.

  The  sounds  of  dogs  barking  can  also  be  heard  briefly  while  spoken  word  parts  are  also  added  onto  the  second  track.  Operatic  female  vocals  are  also   used  on  the  second  song  adding  in  a  touch  of  goth  rock  as  well  as  some  blackened  whispers  also  being  added  into  the  background  and  the  riffs  also  show  an  influence  of  metal.

  On  this  recording  Manes  sounds  nothing  like  their  earlier  black  metal  material  going  for  more  of  a  mixture  of  experimental,  electronic,  goth,  alternative  rock  and  metal.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  abstract,  decay  and  solitude  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  a  decent  recording  from  Manes  and  while  some  black  metal  fans  might  not  like  this  style,  I  can  see  this  appealing  to  fans  of  experimental,  alternative  rock  and  avant  garde  emtal.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Mouth  Of  The  Volcano".  7  out  of  10.

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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/manesyoung-skeletonaftermath-music2020.html


Narrenwind/The Joker, The Thief And The D.R.A.G.O.N/Wheelwright Productions/2020 Single Review

mercredi 25 mars 2020 à 20:25

  Narrenwind  are  a  band  with  members  from  Poland  and  Norway  that  has  had  music  reviewed  before  in  this  zine  and  on  this  recording  plays  a  very  epic,  atmospheric  and  progressive  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  single  "The  Joker,  The  Thief  And  The  D.R.A.G.O.N"  which  was  released  by  Wheelwright  Productions  and  consists  of  one  original  track  and  a  Bob  Dylan  cover.

  Clean  playing  starts  off  the  single  along  with  some  spoken  word  parts  a  few  seconds  later  before  going  into  a  heavier  direction.  Vocals  are  done  in  a  very  deep  style  while  the  music  also  mixes  in  elements  of  70's  progressive  rock  as  well  as  both  of  the  tracks  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  All  of  the  musical  instruments  also  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  while  the  solos  and  leads  also  add  in  more  of  a  classic  rock  style.  Their  cover  track  is  also  more  heavier  and  different  than  the  original  version  and  all  of  the  music  sticks  to  either  a  slow  or  mid  tempo  style  as  well  as  spoken  word  parts  also  being  used  on  both  songs,  psychedelic  touches  can  also  be  heard  at  times.

  On  this  recording  Narrenwind  takes  their  music  into  more  of  a  progressive  blackened  metal  direction.  The  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Shamanism  and  Mythology  themes.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Narrenwind  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  progressive  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  single.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "All  ALong  The  Watchtower".  8  out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/kezTHCXMC-s

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/03/narrenwindthe-joker-thief-and.html